First delete your email address from your post.
There are multiple problems with old hardware. If a PC does not have at least 1 GB of RAM, even running Linux will be challenging. I suspect your old systems only accommodate IDE drives, so you cannot use SSDs for the most part. Try to install Linux -- I recommend Debian (debian.org) with the LXDE desktop -- as a test. You don't have to worry about drivers because a major distribution like Debian will probably support it. I'll bet your processors are 32-bit only, so choose a 32-bit download. If Debian won't run, recycle your old equipment. I have Debian LXDE installed on a USB flash drive and only 5 GB is used; around 230 MB of memory is used at idle, but that increases with added applications.
Many thanks for your comments and time to respond. Actually I have so much "old" equipment that I am currently sorting it and so far have over 400 items identified and cleaned and serviced and boxed and perhaps another 400 to go before I start listing and trying to dispose of them. This particular Intel Desktop motherboard was in a major complete PC housing as a DVR and had two 2TB Sata hard drives and bags of RAM. It also had a QVIS DVR board and a Stretch 16 channel DVR board so was a powerful system - why I had it and what I used it for in DVR recording I cannot remember, it is just one of some 12 old DVR's in my "junk" box. The original operating system would have been either QVIS or Stretch but no Windows system. I tried to load XP and that failed: I tried to load Windows 7 and that failed so I guessed that it was the software and drivers for the Desktop motherboard that was missing and probably in the old Stretch software. And that's where I was stopped. I am an old fashioned hardware design engineer and have never really grasped the software age so I struggle as soon as software is involved. In electronics I have a B.Sc honours degree but around computers and software a 13 year daughter of a friend of mine thinks I am thicker than six planks of wood. To give you an example of what I am trying to do: I have a Veho electronic microscope ( out of the junk box ) and the CD will not read on my Windows 7 PC or on my Windows 10 PC. I finally discovered from Veho that it will not work above XP and that there is no software upgrade above XP.
Hi Al again:
Here is the balance of my orignal reply, unfortunately the Intel blog could not cope with my verbosity.
Before passing the microscope onto somebody else or a young student I need to make sure it is working or if not then repaired but to do that I need a fully operational XP loaded computer. In my simple mind that means I need the software and drivers for the Intel Desktop-01 motherboard. I have been through about a thousand old CD's I have dug out but so far no luck so I probably never ever had the CD but somebody else loaded the QVIS and Stretch software, and in consequence also the Intel Desktop software. While searching for the right CD I found a virgin set of Gennum Reference Design Kit and a pack of Gennum GV7600 IC's at a total cost of $2018 plus shipping plus duty plus VAT.
"had two 2TB Sata hard drives"
Now that changes things. If it had IDE drives, the amount of potential improvement would be very limited, but since it has SATA drives, you could use an SSD to speed it up. The motherboard is probably only SATA I, but an SSD would allow you to max it out. If it had SATA II, you'd really be in good shape.
What's the model number of the motherboard? You need to know the maximum memory it can handle.
Used processors of 45 nm and larger lithography are dirt-cheap on Amazon Marketplace. The motherboard model number will lead you to a list of supported processors.
All that said, I agree with Al Hill. The majority of your equipment should be taken to a recycler. I've tried to sell old PC equipment. I earned little and it took a long time to sell.
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In order for us to look if we still have drivers for your Intel® motherboard, we need the model of it, so we can look for them at our download site to try to find them:
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Many thanks for the willingness to help. I have finally decoded what the identity is of the motherboard. Apart from the DESKTOP-01 I found the following:
E210882 - D33025 - DH77EB - 21-66 - 01 and VC1 plus a barcode giving me G39073-304, the idents were all in sub-tiny print like a barcode. Eventually by tracing the barcode through the Intel site I discovered that the actual identity of the motherboard was the DH77EB number. The processor is an Intel Core 3-2128. Although I can't remember much about this DVR the fact that it was used for the STRETCH 16 channel video recorder board suggests that the Desktop motherboard was one of the best of its day so it would be a shame to lose it altogether, especially as I want it to run XP for me so that I can access hundreds of circuit designs of my younger days and pass them one to a local college, with instructions. I also, in my youth, stored vast amounts of technical know-how on Imation SUPER Disk Drives so translating those is my next task. I do agree that trying to sell old gear is a nightmare but I have over a $100,000 at original cost to dispose of and I have already filled a 3 X 3 X 3 foot cardboard box with "hopeless" products but others, such as the Canopus Twin Pack 100 plus software plus Edius LE software plus Edius 2.5 software plus Acid software plus ADVC 300 software is still very much employed today by all UK intelligence services and still costs over $2.000 to buy new. I also have, almost virgin, Gennum CV 6700 hardware development kit and software, also over $2,000 - plus some 600 other items so I am reluctant to throw it all in the rubbish bin. Having retired at 90 I no longer earn any money and live on my old age pension. All my savings vanished paying nursing home fees for my late wife for 12 years while she suffered from alzheimers - so I will still work on to try to turn some of it back to cash. Apart from the petty cash interest it also gives me a purpose to work on every day and a reason to get out of bed. All technical help is much appreciated.
Your motherboard is Intel® Desktop Board DH77EB Specifications
This board is worth salvaging for use as a "reserve computer" as you originally suggested. It is not current, but it is also not that old.
You can find driver and bios downloads for this board here: Drivers & Software
If you were to install Windows 7, 8x, or 10 on this board, you should have no problems.
Are you sure about the processor model number? Here is a list of supported processors for your board: Compatible Processors
This board, with a couple of 2tb drives and reasonable processor, would make (in my opinion) a nice reserve system.
This is a first; I find an error in Al Hill's post.
If he does indeed have a 2nd Generation Core (Sandy Bridge) processor, there are no W-10 graphics drivers for it. Microsoft will supply one, but I can say from experience that it will have quirks. Of course he could always use a graphics card to solve the problem. Or he could buy a used 3rd Generation Core (Ivy Bridge) processor from Amazon Marketplace for which graphics drivers can be obtained at Download Intel® Graphics Driver for Windows® 10 [15.33]